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May 17th - May 23rd 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

After all that rain this week everything is looking really green and lush! It looks like the weather this weekend is going to be fabulous so make sure to get out and enjoy one on the many festivals.

Festivals Around Town

Moore Square in downtown Raleigh is the place to be this weekend for Artsplosure. Expected to attract 80,000 people over the course of the weekend, the festival boasts non-stop activities, entertainment and more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country. This year you will be inspired by the Impressionist Garden, and your kids won't want to miss the variety of entertainers on the The Kidsplosure Stage, which boasts a weekend full of family and kid centered entertainers. is thrilled to sponsor the awesome sand sculptor, Sandy Feat.

Celebrate North Carolina during the annual Got to be NC Festival. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, admission is free for all ages! There are a few events that do have an admission fee like the Food & Wine Expo and the Pig Jig so click through for all the details.
NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club invite you to join them at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for Astronomy Days. Visit NASA exhibits, view the sun through solar telescopes, learn about the art of astrophotography, meet live animals of the constellations and make and launch your own rocket.
Hillsborough Hog Day returns to Downtown Hillsborough with a barbecue cooking contest, live music, children's games, antique car show, crafters, assorted vendors, Hog Day souvenirs, and lots of food.
The Ritmo Latino Festival has a new home at Cary Park this Saturday. The free family Latino festival includes live music, vendors, artists, Latin foods, dance lessons for adults and activities for children.
The CCB Plaza will be hosting the BIMBE' Cultural Arts Festival Saturday. The annual family event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, art and traditions.

Weekend Starts Friday Night
Art in the Evening is back with the sounds of Side Car Social Club and the conversation Pattern and Textile: Lines That Link Culture. Teens are invited to the Art Museum Saturday for a Spring Teen Event and Sunday at the museum will feature a lecture about the Secrets of the Silver Pharaoh, the discovery that inspired Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Old North State Brass Band, a 12-member group consists of brass and percussion players, will be playing a variety of swing-era tunes, novelty numbers, marches, and solos featuring members of the ensemble during a concert at the Sertoma Amphitheater at Bond Park.
The Tony Rice Unit will be playing traditional bluegrass in his own special way during a Back Porch Music concert at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre.
The Starlight Concert Series continues Friday night at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center with the spicy Latin sounds of the Serengue Salsa Band.
Join the Raleigh City Museum as they celebrate Raleigh's built heritage by exploring the Kit Home phenomenon. Friday night will feature a reception launching the exhibit and there will be presentations and a book signing off site on Saturday.
Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! Come enjoy a Gallery Crawl with live music and more.
Bring a picnic supper to Harris Lake County Park and join them for Treesters as you discover who is looking down on you from the tree branches above.
Its a Starry, Starry Night at Lake Michie. Join them for a program about the spring constellations.
Getting Outside at the Parks

Join a Park Ranger Thursday night at William B. Umstead State Park to Bike with a Ranger.

Sign up for a fast-paced, fun morning on Friday exploring the woods with some Turtle Tracking Dogs. Specially trained Boykin spaniels will lead you up and down steep hills and through the mud in search of box turtles at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education.
The Triangle Model Yacht Club is now a regular Saturday mornings out at Lake Crabtree County Park. Come check out their yachts and watch them race.
Spend a beautiful spring day at the North Carolina Zoo and check out the special event, Save Our Snakes.
They are going to set up lights around the play meadow at Little River Regional Park Saturday night to lure some Black Light Bugs.
Are you interested in introducing your family to fishing? Fishin' Frenzy at Lake Michie Recreation Area will provide Poles, bait and some guidance to kids ages five to twelve on Sunday afternoon. The C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) program at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. Kids can join in Saturday to learn basic fishing skills and get to try out their skills.
Join the Occoneechee ranger for a mile hike on their newest trail, the Chestnut Oak Trail on Saturday morning.
Come celebrate the goats' 7th birthday at Historic Oak View Park. Enjoy games and activities, eat some cake, and of course, sing Happy Birthday to Boyd and Quint!
Do you know how to identify if a snake is Venomous or Poisonous? Join a naturalist a Eno River State Park Saturday afternoon to learn how. Right next door at West Point on the Eno, you are invited to learn about the different types of Amphibians living in the area.
Saturday and Sunday marks the 35th annual Wake County 4-H Horse Show. The events will include Hunter, Western, Non-trotting & Dressage classes at the State Fairgrounds. In addition, the Raleigh Boat Show & Sale will take place at the Fairgrounds.
There are three fun, after dark events on Saturday. Come explore the beauty of Lake Michie at Sunset on a relaxing paddle. Take a walk with a park naturalist at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve to explore the woods and fields on a Twilight Walk or join them on the American Tobacco Trail for an Evening Owl Hike.
Celebrate Wetland Month with a visit to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center on Sunday. Watch a demonstration, create a craft, complete the scavenger hunt on the deck, and explore the greenway trail.
More, Movies, Music & History
Koka Booth Amphitheatre is partnering with Lifetime Fitness so that you can contribute to an amazing cause while having a blast with family and friends on Thursday night. Join them for a Zumba Jam event, great music and a great workout to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association. Come back with a picnic Saturday night for the flick Puss In Boots to kick off their Movies By Moonlight series.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature the fun family classic, the Aristocats for Saturday's Family Movie.
Join Bennett Place State Historic for the 150th Anniversary living history event as historical interpreters/reenactors recreate an enlistment station with a military encampment.
Marbles will be making some BIG Art during Artsplosure. Make sure to check them out while you are at the festival.
There is lots to do at Historic Yates Mill County Park this weekend. You are invited to Paddle the Pond and watch a live demonstration of traditional woodworking techniques during a Historic Trade Demo on Saturday. There will be Corn Grinding Demos & Half-Hour Tours of the restored mill on both Saturday and Sunday.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents lead a Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement.
Join a member of the NC State Capitol staff for a Statuary Tour. Learn about the artists, symbolism and the sometimes surprising history of these public monuments.
Take a Curator's Choice Tour of the Robson House, an 18th-century dwelling inside the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday afternoon.


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